The games on this list meet the following two criteria:
- the game is not focused on combat and killing, but exploring and/or puzzle solving; and
- the game features an open world in which you can freely explore.
The key similarity between social VR/virtual worlds and non-combat, open-world games is that they allow you to navigate and explore freely, and interact with your environment. The key difference between social VR/virtual worlds and these sort of games is that the latter
Games marked with an asterisk (*) support users in VR headsets.
- the Myst series of games by Cyan: Myst, Riven, Myst III: Exile, Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, Myst IV: Revelation, and Myst V: End of Ages. At 25 years old, Myst is the granddaddy of first-person exploration/puzzle games, although it cannot really be considered an open world game.
- Obduction* (also by Cyan)
- Eastshade (a new first-person, open-world game by Eastshade Studios)
- Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt (an educational, non-combat version of Assassin’s Creed: Origins by Ubisoft)